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Greece Coronavirus rise: 50 new cases, 27 of them among travellers

A jump in new coronavirus cases has been recorded in Greece in the last 24 hours and with the rise not only among travellers from abroad but also among the local population. Health authorities announced on Thursday evening 50 new cases with 27 of them to have been detected at the entry points of the country.

The number of total infections has increased to 3,672 (daily change at 1.4%), with 153 new cases alone in during July 6-9, 2020.

The good news is that there has been no new death since the last three days and therefore the death toll remains at 193.

Geographical distribution July 9

24 of the new coronavirus confirmed cases have been detected at the entry points in Greece.

3 patients (travellers) voluntarily sought laboratories for Covid-19 test in the country after experiencing some symptoms. They were tested positive.

The majority of the remaining cases are located in northern Greece, Macedonia and Thrace. Specifically, the new cases are:

6 in Thessaloniki, 2 in Kavala, 1 in Halkidiki, 6 in Xanthi, 1 in Rodopi.

Interesting is also the increase in Attica with a total of 7 new cases.

The rise of new cases in combination of rising cases among travellers form abroad have set authorities on alert. There are plans to intensify testing at Promachonas border-crossing, the only land gate open for tourists, and even consideration to temporary halt entry for citizens of certain countries.

General information July 9

According to the Health Ministry statement on Thursday, of 3,672 cases in total, 919 (25%) are related to travel abroad, 1,948 (53%) are related to an already known case. The rest are not related to travel or another known case or are still under investigation.

54.6% of the infected are men. Average age of the infected in 49 with age range between 0 and 102.

9 patients are intubated in ICUs.. Their average age is 58 years old, among them are 3 women. 88.9% of the patients have underlying health issues or are over 70 years old.

122 patients have been discharged from the ICUs since the beginning of the outbreak.

Number of coronavirus-related deaths stands at 193.

Among the deceased were 62 women. The average age of the deceased was 76 with range age between 35 and 102.

95.9% had underlying health issues and/or were over 70 years old.

According to the Health Ministry on Thursday, a total of 358,725 tests have been conducted since beginning of the year, 5,839 (1.6%) are positive. The data include several tests conducted on a single patient, as well.

38,720 (10.8%) tests have been conducted among flight passengers since June 12, the EODY statement said, adding that 78 (0.2%) are positive.

What is worth noting is that the number of tests dropped (3,500 in last 24 hours) although the number of new cases rose.

Media reported on Wednesday, that 28 COVID-19 patients are in hospitals ICUs and another 25 in clinics. On the last day of June, it was 23 in hospitals and 18 in clinics.

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3 comments

  1. Now Serbs are not coming any more since Sunday morning so this means not only Serbs were responsible for rise of infected people. Or maybe they are? Shame on you Greece!

  2. Johann von Krause

    This is not really a rise in covid-19 cases. It just reflects a rise in the number of tests that were done (sane story as in Sweden).
    Due to the high proportion of non-symptomatic, meaning not ill people who have virus material in their body (i.e. get tested ‘positive’ if, for some reason, they get tested),there are literally millions of people in out there who are ‘positive’, and hundreds of thousands in Greece. Now the tests find some of them – so what?

  3. I agree.
    Now, let us see – are ( for example) TUI passengers going to be tested, and how often? How many “positives” will be found among them? Will Greece treat all tourists equally, or some of them will be more equal then others, not because they are “proven” to be healthy, but because they are expected to bring more money?